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Best Nicole Kidman Movies List:  An Oscar-Winning Hollywood Actress And A Great Mother

Nicole Mary Kidman AC (born June 20, 1967) is an Australian actress, producer, and singer who was born in the United States. She has won an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and five Golden Globe Awards. She has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most important people in the world three times, and she has been on three yearly lists of the world's highest-paid actresses. The New York Times placed her sixth on their list of the best performers of the twenty-first century at the time, in 2020.

Kidman made her acting debut in Australia with the films Bush Christmas and BMX Bandits in 1983. In 1989, she made her debut with the suspense picture Dead Calm and the miniseries Bangkok Hilton. In 1990, she made her Hollywood debut alongside Tom Cruise in the racing picture, Days of Thunder. She went on to have leading parts in films such as Far and Away (1992), Batman Forever (1995), To Die For (1995), and Eyes Wide Shut (1995).

Kidman won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as novelist Virginia Woolf in the drama The Hours (2002). Her previous Oscar nominations came for her performances as a prostitute in the musical Moulin Rouge! (2001) and emotionally disturbed moms in the dramas Rabbit Hole (2010) and Lion (2012). The Others (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), Dogville (2003), Birth (2004), Australia (2008), The Paperboy (2012), Paddington (2014), The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), Destroyer (2018), Aquaman (2018), and Bombshell (2018) are some of Kidman's other film credits (2019).

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012), Big Little Lies (2017–2019), Top of the Lake: China Girl (2017), The Undoing (2020), and Nine Perfect Strangers are only a few of Kidman's television performances (2021). She received two Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on Big Little Lies, for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Limited Series (as executive producer).

Kidman has been a UNICEF and UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador since 1994 and 2006, respectively. She was named a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2006. Kidman has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States, having been born in Hawaii to Australian parents. Blossom Films was established by her in 2010. From 1990 until 2001, she was married to actor Tom Cruise, and since 2006, she has been married to country musician Keith Urban.

Kidman was born to Australian parents in Honolulu. She grew up in Sydney and began performing when she was a teenager.
Kidman was born to Australian parents in Honolulu. She grew up in Sydney and began performing when she was a teenager.

Early Life And Career Of Nicole Kidman

Kidman was born to Australian parents in Honolulu. She grew up in Sydney and began performing when she was a teenager. During her youth, she featured in a number of made-for-television films and miniseries, and she made her feature film debut in the thriller Dead Calm (1989). She moved to the United States after being offered a part in Days of Thunder (1990), and while filming the film, she started dating co-star Tom Cruise, whom she married in 1990. (Divorced in 2001).

Kidman starred in a dozen films during the following decade. In Billy Bathgate (1991), she played a gangster-loving socialite; into Die For (1995), she played an ambitious television journalist; and in Jane Campion's 1996 film version of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady, she played an American living in Europe during the 1800s (1996).

Kidman made her theatrical debut in London in 1998, in Sir David Hare's The Blue Room, a well-received sequence of vignettes based on Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde, in which she played five distinct characters. She moved to New York City with the play in early 1999 for her Broadway debut.

That year also saw the release of Stanley Kubrick's last film, Eyes Wide Shut, which was an adaptation of another Schnitzler novel. Despite being promoted as a passionate romance starring real-life pair Kidman and Cruise, the film received mixed reviews and underwhelming box office results.

Kidman made her theatrical debut in London in 1998, in Sir David Hare's The Blue Room, a well-received sequence of vignettes based on Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde, in which she played five distinct characters. She moved to New York City with the play in early 1999 for her Broadway debut.
Kidman made her theatrical debut in London in 1998, in Sir David Hare's The Blue Room, a well-received sequence of vignettes based on Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde, in which she played five distinct characters. She moved to New York City with the play in early 1999 for her Broadway debut.

Destroyer (2018)

The most visible of Kidman's castings-against-type (in this vein, I prefer The Paperboy), but she brings a tough, stolid, plausible presence to her uglied-up role as the undercover cop, physically and psychologically scarred by her experiences embedded in a robbery crew, to her uglied-up role as the undercover cop, physically and psychologically scarred by her experiences embedded in a robbery crew.

Years after the events that harmed her, she becomes persuaded that she can finally bring the perpetrator to justice; her anger and suffering are vividly shown.

The Paper Boy (2012)

On its first release, no picture or performance by Kidman was more misunderstood than this one. Charlotte Bless, the needy, dysfunctional peroxide blonde who starts a pen-pal romance with a killer on death row, was cast against type in this brash, uproarious Florida noir.

And she gave a cracking performance as Charlotte Bless, the needy, dysfunctional peroxide blonde who starts a pen-pal romance with a killer on death row. Kidman has some really wild moments in which she transforms into her own image and becomes engrossed in every heinous act. It's fantastic.

The Others (2001)

This is the ideal Kidman picture, a ghost tale in the manner of Henry James that evokes her nearly mystical aura of beauty and mystery with its esoteric touch of sensuality more than any other. She is half Grace Kelly, part Deborah Kerr, and a smidgeon of Kathleen Byron in this film. It's also worth noting that she was originally cast as Grace Kelly in the dreadful Grace of Monaco, which misunderstood both Kelly and Kidman.

She portrays a statuesque chatelaine of a magnificent but oppressively dismal rural mansion in this film. Her husband has enlisted in the army to fight in World War II, leaving her to care for the children and the few servants they can afford. They're frightened of what they think are ghosts. Kidman's lovely face, illuminated by candlelight, seems to have been painted by John Everett Millais in this film. She has a tragic gleam about her, as well as an eroticized yet polished victimization. Kidman is at her best in this scene.

The Hours (2002)

Nicole Kidman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in an agonized spiritual condition that hovered between paralysis and trance, struggling with the possibilities of fiction and her own melancholy.

Kidman plays to her queenly, statuesque characteristics, but she doesn't quite delve into the inner fire of her earlier performances, so it's a fine, if somewhat overrated, performance. She was forced to perform the role with a ridiculous prosthetic nose that made her resemble Big Bird for some reason.

Birth (2004) 

This is a picture that gets better with each viewing, and no one other than Kidman could have done it justice. She portrays Anna, a beautiful, rich Manhattan widow who is taken aback when a 10-year-old child enters her life and declares himself to be the reincarnation of her late husband.

And he does so by referring to facts that only her late spouse could have known. Kidman's pained expression in a single, prolonged shot as we and she realize she now believes it is amazing, as is her moment with the child when they discuss how they would marry, or remarry, in 10 or so years when he comes of age.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Kidman had the honor of working on Stanley Kubrick's last film: hers is a smart and well-judged addition to a small, but fascinating and overpoweringly atmospheric picture, an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story, updated to late-twentieth-century New York.

Kidman portrays the wife of Tom Cruise's sexually tormented high-society doctor, and she is more forthright and upfront about sexuality than he is. She is the one who will prevent this picture from fading into obscurity.

Dogville (2003)

Kidman's air of sophisticated mystery and yearning is ideal for master auteur/prankster Lars von Trier's bold attempt at the filmed theatre.

Grace is a lady on the run from criminals who are taken in by the uptight provincials of Dogville, Colorado, and becomes the object of their compulsively suppressed moralism and desire. This would be nothing without Kidman.

The Portrait Of A Lady (1996)

Kidman has reached a new level of rarity. In this adaptation of Henry James' book, director Jane Campion crafts a shimmering cloud of mystery for her, or from her, in which she portrays the beautiful American Isabel Archer who finds herself drawn to John Malkovich's louche and cynical artist.

For many, Kidman's appearance here represents the pinnacle of her career. She enters her signature trance, which mesmerizes the audience as well.

Dead Calm (1989)

With this fantastic suspense thriller that has elements of Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski, Kidman made her debut. She and Sam Neill portray a couple who are alone on a boat until they are approached by a frightening young guy (Billy Zane) who wants to join them.

This is Kidman in her early, frizzy-haired incarnation, a more genuine, earthy performance than any she has since been renowned for, but it's fantastic stuff as her heroine, left alone, must outsmart and outmaneuver the scary stranger.

Destroyer (2018)

The most visible of Kidman's castings-against-type (in this vein, I prefer The Paperboy), but she brings a tough, stolid, plausible presence to her uglied-up role as the undercover cop, physically and psychologically scarred by her experiences embedded in a robbery crew, to her uglied-up role as the undercover cop, physically and psychologically scarred by her experiences embedded in a robbery crew.

Years after the events that harmed her, she becomes persuaded that she can finally bring the perpetrator to justice; her anger and suffering are vividly shown.

To Die For (1995)

This was Kidman's breakthrough role, a barnstorming lead performance in which director Gus Van Sant saw that her star potential resided not in ordinary, but in something more manufactured and otherworldly.

She is a nasty and cruel local cable TV weather presenter who is eager to become a celebrity by any means. She'd be an Instagram influencer nowadays.

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